Archive for July, 2012

Aishwarya Patra Rangoli – ಐಶ್ವರ್ಯ ಪಾತ್ರ ರಂಗೋಲಿ

For the greatest Lakshmi pooja, Sree VaraMahalakshmi I have practiced and finally learnt how to draw the Aishwarya Patra rangoli. I have drawn this using Microsoft Paint. As soon as I have the picture drawn for the pooje, I will post that as well. But here are the details for this which many many of you have asked for.

Draw dots in the following sequence on both sides.

1. 7 dots

2. 8 dots opposite to the 7 dots

3. 7 dots

4. 6 dots

5. 3 dots

See image below:

Next, join the inner most dots, as shown below:

Join the outermost lines,

Join on the other sides.

Keep joining all the loose ends as you see below:

And finally you should have:

Like I said, I drew this 7-8 times before I could actually get it right. So, practice does help.

Nagara Chauthi/Panchami – July 22nd and 23rd 2012

Pictures after pooja on 7/22/2012

Nagara Chauthi is the fourth day of the Shravana masa. On this day married women take head bath and wearing wet clothes (or washed clothes separately) which makes it very pure, either do the pooje to the snake hootha or place a silver idol of Nagappa and continue. Unboiled milk or raw milk, haldi,  soaked kadale, gejjevastra and flowers are offered to the idol of Nagappa. Women who do the pooje on this day fast as well. This is how we do the pooje in Madhwa houses. No fried items are prepared during this day. Women also prepare thambittu and do aarathi to Nagappa using the same. All this needs to be done in madi.

P.S: No Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Chauthi. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Haldi. No deep fired items as well.

Next day being the Nagara Panchami, everyone in the house performs the pooje; including children. If you are offering milk to the idol of Nagappa; it is customary to do the pooje to Nagappa as soon as you wake up, take a shower and even before drinking your coffee in the morning. As done in the previous day, place a silver plate, keep the idol of Nagappa. Pour 3 times milk, water, haldi, kumkum, gejjevastra, flowers and kadale. Prepare the thambittu and do the aarathi.

P.S:Kumkum is applied to Nagappa on Panchami. The gejjevastra is prepared by applying Kumkum. No deep fired items as well.

It is also customary to draw images of Nagappa on the front door, hosthilu and also near the place you worship using rice paste. Haldi, kumkum, gejje vastra and flowers are applied to these as well.

Lord Krishna was playing ball with his friends, when suddenly the ball got entangled in the high branch of a tree. Krishna volunteered to climb the tree and fetch the ball. But below the tree the river Yamuna was flowing in full glory, in which the snake Kalinga was living. Nobody dared to go near that place. Lord Krishna ignoring the warnings of his friends jumps into the water. The dangerous ‘Kalinga” serpent comes up. But Krishna was ready and jumping on the snake’s head, starts dancing on its head. Kalinga realizes the strength of Lord Krishna and pleads with Krishna: “Please, do not kill me.” Krishna takes sympathy on Kalinga and after taking a promise that henceforth he would not harm anybody, he let the snake go free into the river again. Hence, Nag Panchami is also commemorated as a day of victory of Lord Krishna over Kalinga the legendary snake.

What to eat during Nagara Chauthi?

So, here are the items you can prepare during this day, when you are not supposed to fry anything.

To prepare Thambittu follow this procedure:

P.S: Nagara Panchami Haadu/Song is posted here

Updated: Sampat Shukravarada Haadu – Lakshmi Song

Update: Just today, I recorded the song for this. Please ignore some mistakes I made. It is a song for almost 19 minutes, so there was no time to record the same more than once. It is recorded just for your reference. I have recorded exactly like my Mom sings, Thanks MOM.

Sampat Shukravarada Haadu

This is called Sampat Shukravarada Haadu. It has to be sung after performing Lakshmi Pooja in the evening on 5 Friday’s during Shravana Masa.

The book I had is in Kannada, and was given to me by my Mom. It is very old. Some of the pages came out a little blur. Forgive me for that. It has 26 pages and 119 paragraphs.

You can listen to the song online here. Link provided by Rashmi.

Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja Vidhana

Rangoli designs for the Pooja, with Lakshmi Hrudaya.

A picture of jasmine garland made from flowers in my own garden for Lakshmi Pooja.

Pooja begins with lamps, flowers, Gejje Vastra:

After, Naivedya, Mangalaruthi, and Laskhmi Aarathi.

Shravana Shukravara Lakshmi pooja is performed on all the Friday’s.

I have scanned and attached a document which has the complete details on performing Sri Lakshmi Pooja during Fridays and also Shravana Masa. This shouldn’t be confused for Sri VaraMahaLakshmi Vrata. I will post a separate post providing all details for Sri VaraMahaLakshmi Vrata.

This document has all the details from doing the Achamana, to Sankalpa, Dhyana, Naivedya, and Maha Mangalarathi.

It is a PDF document and is in Kannada.

Attached below are other links posted here on Goddess Lakshmi.

Attached below are some other links where many more posts have been added on Lyrics and Goddess Lakshmi.

P.S: It is very difficult to translate these in English, so I am not doing that. If you have any book and want to share, scan it and send it to me.

Updated – Dosa with 16 Beans

Update – Yesterday, I made a slight change in the recipe for the 16 bean dosa. The dosa tasted as always, and was quite filling. The change I made was to replace white rice with Brown rice. Try it, this will be the most healthiest dosa you have ever eaten, and quite filling as well.

I am sure you all have used 16 beans which is available in any supermarket store here in the US. I brought the same from Giant stores. It has beans of all colors and shapes. Most recipes on the web are for Soups. I wanted to make Saagu, but ended up making Huli(Sambar), and Dosa with these 16 beans.

Ingredients of the 16 beans: It has 18, but the packet says “16 Bean Soup Mix”. No idea why? I will post a picture of these beans as well.

  1. Pinto Bean
  2. Blackeye Pea
  3. Navy Bean
  4. Large Lima Bean
  5. Small White Bean
  6. Red Kidney Bean
  7. Baby Lima Bean
  8. Great Northern Bean
  9. Speckled Lima Bean
  10. Green Baby Lima Bean
  11. Whole Green Pea
  12. Yellow Split Pea
  13. Pink Bean
  14. Cranberry Bean
  15. Black Turtle Bean
  16. Small Red Bean
  17. Green Split Pea
  18. Lentil

The dose tastes just like Adde. Very healthy and very delicious. Take a look at the following link to learn about the many health benefits of beans.


  1. 1 cup of 16 beans soaked(for 8 hours) and drained
  2. 2 cups White  Rice or Brown Rice
  3. 1 cup urad dal
  4. 1 cup channa dal
  5. 1 cup moong dal
  6. 1/2 tsp methi seeds
  7. 7-8 red chillies
  8. salt to taste


    1. Soak the 16 beans separately in a bowl for 8 hours. Overnight is also good.
    2. In another vessel, soak rice, urad dal, channa dal, moong dal and methi seeds. Also, for 8 hours.
    3. Next, grind all the ingredients  along with red chilies.

Adde Hittu

    1. Mix, salt as well.
    2. This Dosa doesn’t have to ferment. You can make dosas the same day.
    3. Heat a Tava or griddle. Drizzale oil, and pour the batter. This souldn’t be as thin as other dosas.

Adde dosa1

    1. After one side is done, flip and let it cook on the other side as well.

Adde Dosa 2

  1. Serve with chutney or any other side item you prefer; like chatni pudi, or pickle.
  2. Refrigerate the leftover batter, and use.

Pooja Sankalpa in Kannada & English

Now that the festival season is approaching, it is important to start the pooja’s the right way. Attached is a link I found where you can find the complete reference for doing sankalpa. Please fill in the blanks like these for this year:

ನಂದನ  ನಮ  ಸಂವತ್ಸರೇ- Nandana Nama Samvatsara

ಭಾರತಕಂಡೆ – bharathakande or if you are residing outside India, the name of the country

ವರ್ಷ ಋತು – varSha Rutau

ಶ್ರಾವಣ ಮಾಸೇ – Shravana Mase

ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಪಕ್ಷೆ- Krishna Pakshe

And than based on the Hindu calendar fill in the  ತಿಥಿ  Tithi, ವಾರ day and ವಾಸರೆ
your Surname.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any doubts.

Ok, here is the link for the site which has the details.

A million Thanks to the person who posted this online.

Upcoming Shravana Masa Festivals- July 20th – August 17th 2012

As per Uttaradimatta Panchanga, this year in Nandana Nama Samvatsara, Shravana Masa starts from July 20th and ends on August 17th 2012.

There are many festivals during this month and as always I post slokas, pooja details and many more details a few days before each of these important dates. Here is a list of important dates and festivals during Shravana Masa 2012.

1. July 20th – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja, MahaLakshmi Kalasha Sthapana
2. July 22nd – Naga Chathurthi
3. July 23rd – Naga Panchami
4. July 24th – Mangala Gowri Vratha
4. July 27th – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja, Vara MahaLakshmi Pooja
5. July 29th – Ekadashi
6. July 31st – Mangala Gowri Vratha
7. August 2nd – Rigveda and Yajurveda Upakarma and Raksha Bandhan
8. August 3rd – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja
9. August 3rd, 4th and 5th – Shri Raghavendra Swamy Aradhane
10. August 7th – Mangala Gowri Vratha
11. August 9th – Shri Krishna Janmasthami
12. August 10th – Shravana Masa Lakshmi Pooja
13. August 13th – Ekadashi
14. August 14th – Mangala Gowri Vratha
15. August 17th – Amavasya

Please refer to the closet temple or other calendar to find the dates of the festivals in the country you are living. These dates posted are based on Indian Standard Time.

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje – July 19th 2012

Bhimana Amavase or Gandana pooje, is an important pooje performed in Hindu/Madhwa houses by unmarried women and newly married women for 9 years after their marriage. It is performed on the new moon day or amavase in the month of Aashada masa. This year it is on July 19th 2012.

This pooje is also called Bheemeshwarana pooje. This pooje is dedicated to God Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

Mud models of Shiva and Parvathi in the form of a cone with a flat base are made, kept in the sun to dry and decorated with white dots made out of limestone paste, or sometimes with akki hittu(rice flour) mixed with milk. A thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root are tied around the model for Parvathi. After the pooje, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists.

Those who have brothers, later in the evening worship the hosthilu or threshold of their house. They call it “Bhandara vadiyodu“. The girls brother brakes the bhandara and gives money to his sister.

The story for Bhimana Amavase goes like this:

In a city there was a king called Vajrabahu. He had one and only son called Vijayashekara, who dies suddenly while still young. The king and queen decide to perform his marriage; even though he is dead. But, who would marry a corpse, right? No one comes forward to marry him. A Brahmin couple, named Madhava and his wife Sushila have five daughters and nine sons. They are extremely poor and they decide to marry one of their daughters in marriage to the dead prince; in return they would get lot of money and can use it to feed their family.

This girl is left with her dead husband and than she prays to God Shiva and Goddess Parvathi with great devotion. Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathi ask her to perform this pooje; since she is in the forest and doesn’t have any money she uses clay or mud and performs the pooje. The dead prince comes back to life. The king, queen and everyone is now happy to see their son come back to life.

Now that you know why and how to do the pooje, tell the significance of this story to your daughter, perform the pooje, tie the thread across her wrist and bless her with all your heart.

Happy Gandana Pooje.

Here below is the step by step procedure to perform Diwasi Gowri pooje as per the book I have now:

1. Clean the place where you are going to perform the pooja, put an elaborate rangoli (ರಂಗವಲ್ಲಿ).
2. Place a wooden plank called Mane(ಮಣೆ).
3. On this Mane, place a silver plate and within the plate, keep the idols of Diwasi Gowri and Managal Gowri( if you are performing Managal Gowri).
4. Also keep 1 dry cocnout (Kobbari Battalu ಕೊಬ್ಬರಿ ಬಟ್ಟಲು) as it is called in Kannada, 10 betel nut (adike ಅಡಿಕೆ), 10 betel leaves (villedele ವಿಳೇದೆಲೆ), 10 rounds of thread ದಾರ.
5. Now, worship the gowri and offer her 10 Kucchida Kadabu (ಕುಚ್ಚಿದ ಕಡಬು).
6. Next, tie 10 knots on the thread immersed in turmeric paste, a flower and sometimes turmeric root. For married ladies, 10 knots and unmarried girls 5 knots, and 5 rounds of thread.
7. Put this on the Gowri idol.
8. perform Aarthi to Gowri. Offer your prayers, and do namaskaras.
8. Once, you finish all the pooja, usually either the girls Mom or Mother-in-Law ties this thread to the girls wrists or can also put it around her neck.

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